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CSWE's 57th Annual Program Meeting

The 57th Annual Program Meeting offered the more than 2,600 attendees almost 500 sessions confronting the inequities and lack of access across racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

The presentations by the three plenary speakers spoke about different segments of the population facing the disparity and inequality issues and the need for the profession to be at the forefront.

The APM also featured the 2011 Special Presidential Panel examining the history of the U.S. civil rights movement and the evolution of social work education with Congressman John Lewis receiving the President’s Award. Also more than 100 social work programs, publishers, associations, social service organizations, and other vendors exhibited their innovative products.

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The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), provider #1163, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program.

As an ACE provider, CSWE is able to offer CEUs on seven of our 11 educational session formats! Every session must meet strict standards to be approved for CEUs. There are seven APM educational session formats that meet ASWB's ACE standards for CEU eligibility. Those sessions identified with the CEU icon in the forthcoming APM Final Program are those that met these standards. Not all sessions are eligible, so if you are trying to maximize CEUs earned, attend only those sessions denoted with the CEU icon.

Credit is awarded at 1.0 CEU per 60-minute session (50 minutes of uninterrupted instruction).

Please note that, although ACE provider CEUs are accepted by most U.S. state licensing boards, the final authority for approving any continuing education activity rests with social work board of the state where you are licensed. Even those states that accept ACE approval may have exceptions in terms of courses they will accept.   

Speaker Highlights

Highlights of the headline speakers at the 2011 APM

Gero-Ed Track Kick-Off

Poverty and Resilience Among Our Nation's Elders and Veterans
Deborah Amdur, LCSW
Social Work Leader on Veterans' Issues
For the first time since the 1950s, the poverty rate among older adults is rising. Deborah Amdur, chief consultant for Care Management and Social Work Service at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), explored this issue at the Annual Gero-Ed Track Kick-Off. 
PowerPoint Presentation

Carl A. Scott Lecture

Changing the Future for LGBT Youth & Families: Returning to Our Roots
Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW
Director, Family Acceptance Project San Francisco State University
This lecture discussed a transformational approach to strengthening and empowering ethnically and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.

Special Plenary

Fair Society, Healthy Society: Creating Health Equity Through Social Justice and a Focus on the Social Determinants of Health
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA
Director, Public Health Practice Program University of South Florida
The World Health Organization Commission on the Social Determinants of Health stated that "social justice is a matter of life and death." In this, the wealthiest nation on earth, inequities in health based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status are dramatic, seemingly intransigent, and unacceptable. Through a broad view of health that encompasses the social determinants of health and with a focus on the right to health and social justice, we can create health equity in this nation and around the globe.

Hokenstad International Lecture

Global North and Global South in Child Welfare: Actors in Research and Implementation
Sven Hessle, PhD
Professor of Social Work, Stockholm University
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Social Welfare
The speaker cites data from a recent investigation about child welfare research in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as personal experiences in different countries with UNICEF, the Swedish government, and other agencies showing how Global North research risks exploitation, colonization, and subjugation of the Global South local child welfare knowledge base through material power, defining research areas, publication monopoly, and lack of results implementation. Approaches to change will be discussed. 
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